Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt made headlines this week because of a quote he delivered while speaking to the Knoxville QB club on Monday afternoon.
But it was the wrong quote that garnered headlines.
Pruitt, while describing players leaving the program, made a reference to the Titanic.
— WATE Sports (@WATESports) September 9, 2019
It’s obviously never a good idea to reference the Titanic when referring to a college football program.
While I found the analogy a bit confusing at first, I never once thought Pruitt was trying to refer to Tennessee’s football program as a sinking ship. The thought never crossed my mind.
So I was quite surprised when I saw numerous headlines poking fun at Pruitt for comparing Tennessee football to the Titanic.
I mean, the man was trying to make a reference, on the fly, to players persevering through tough times. That’s literally all he was trying to say. Who cares if it was a bit confusing or not? It was one little statement that was blown way out of proportion.
What’s unfortunate is that Pruitt’s Titanic quote overshadowed something else he said on Monday that I found much more intriguing.
Pruitt told the gathered crowd how much he loves Knoxville and how he believes the program is working its way “out of the wilderness”, while adding “you want me on your side”.
While the Vols’ program has been in a slump, Pruitt said: `We love Knoxville, proud to be a part of it. Kind of like I tell the recruits, we’re working our way out of the wilderness right now, OK. But I can tell you this, you want me on your side.’
— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) September 9, 2019
That’s the money quote from Monday afternoon. That’s the quote that should make Vol fans feel a little better after the program’s 0-2 start this season.
Tennessee is very much in the wilderness right now. And no one knows when the program will reemerge.
But it’s clear that Pruitt is all in at Tennessee. And he’s going to do everything he can to lead the Vols to the promised land.
I have no idea if he’ll be successful, but Pruitt is betting his coaching career on the fact that he’ll somehow get it done in Knoxville.
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